Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.

Surprise inspection by the Dept. of Agriculture


Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-06-2012, 04:17 PM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,401
Rep Power: 7
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default Surprise inspection by the Dept. of Agriculture

I got a knock on the door today for an inspection of my fertilizer and pesticide records. The lady was really nice. If I had everything in a spreadsheet it would have taken a few minutes but instead I had to flip through all my paperwork for the past three years.

I guess I made one mistake but I was able to fix it on the spot and was allowed to pass the inspection. I specifically asked if the brand name was required on the records if the EPA Reg. # was there and I was told "no" in the past but I guess that was incorrect. All I had to do was include the brand name in my records and all was well.

I'm transferring all my records to a single spreadsheet now just in case I get inspected in the future.

The nice lady did say I had the best records she'd seen in a while which surprised me because I thought everyone kept such records. Guess not.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 03-07-2012, 11:29 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,764
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Very interesting! When they do these inspections, what happens if you aren't home and someone else is? Do they still want to do the inspection or will they come back?

I wonder how important it is to keep these records handy so anyone in the household can present them.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-07-2012, 11:33 AM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,401
Rep Power: 7
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Very interesting! When they do these inspections, what happens if you aren't home and someone else is? Do they still want to do the inspection or will they come back?

I wonder how important it is to keep these records handy so anyone in the household can present them.
I imagine they'd come back or just go to the next guy on the list. No one else will present my records.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-07-2012, 10:31 PM
TiedemanLLC TiedemanLLC is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 226
Rep Power: 3
TiedemanLLC is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mark123 View Post
I got a knock on the door today for an inspection of my fertilizer and pesticide records. The lady was really nice. If I had everything in a spreadsheet it would have taken a few minutes but instead I had to flip through all my paperwork for the past three years.

I guess I made one mistake but I was able to fix it on the spot and was allowed to pass the inspection. I specifically asked if the brand name was required on the records if the EPA Reg. # was there and I was told "no" in the past but I guess that was incorrect. All I had to do was include the brand name in my records and all was well.

I'm transferring all my records to a single spreadsheet now just in case I get inspected in the future.

The nice lady did say I had the best records she'd seen in a while which surprised me because I thought everyone kept such records. Guess not.

That's interesting about including the brand name. How long do you guys have to store records for there? It's one year general use, and three year restricted here in Michigan.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-08-2012, 08:38 AM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,401
Rep Power: 7
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TiedemanLLC View Post
That's interesting about including the brand name. How long do you guys have to store records for there? It's one year general use, and three year restricted here in Michigan.
Three years.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-08-2012, 09:06 AM
TiedemanLLC TiedemanLLC is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 226
Rep Power: 3
TiedemanLLC is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mark123 View Post
Three years.
Were they more concerned with your records then your storage/mixing site?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-08-2012, 09:11 AM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,401
Rep Power: 7
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TiedemanLLC View Post
Were they more concerned with your records then your storage/mixing site?
I think they were just getting antsy and wanted something to do that day. There were some changes to record keeping over the past few years so maybe they are just getting out there and connecting with local businesses.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-08-2012, 03:05 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,764
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

For those that may not be keeping accurate records, what are the downsides to it? What could possibly happen if these inspectors aren't satisfied with what they find?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-08-2012, 03:36 PM
TiedemanLLC TiedemanLLC is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 226
Rep Power: 3
TiedemanLLC is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
For those that may not be keeping accurate records, what are the downsides to it? What could possibly happen if these inspectors aren't satisfied with what they find?

I am curious what marks Dept of Agri fines are.

I know here in Michigan you can get up to 30 days in jail, and around $1,000 for each offense. That is of course if you knowingly did something bad.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-09-2012, 01:56 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 35,764
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I know here in Michigan you can get up to 30 days in jail, and around $1,000 for each offense. That is of course if you knowingly did something bad.
Have you ever seen that happen to anyone?

I know walmart has had some fertilizer leaking into sewer issues in the past and I have a feeling if this were to happen at a small business location, they would probably have you shut down.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg leakingfertilizer.jpg (37.8 KB, 9 views)
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bidding on Fire Dept Lawn Care Clays Landscape General Talk 3 12-12-2011 09:20 AM
Inspection and Chicken Pox and Brakes - OH MY! Hedgemaster Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 12 11-01-2011 10:36 PM
help I am starting the year in dept. lawn mowering Community Assistance 1 03-24-2010 07:55 PM
3AM Surprise swstout General Talk 8 10-02-2009 07:09 PM
Creating a safety inspection? Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 6 06-28-2007 07:02 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Advertising On...
JacobsLawnMowing
03-17-2014 03:21 PM
Today 10:47 AM
by bobwill2009
11 800
quickbooks users
CDLAWNCARE
04-20-2014 09:03 AM
Today 06:48 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
4 160
Any greenhouse operators...
GoGreenerKS
04-15-2014 11:21 AM
Today 06:43 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
6 197
What things you should...
wemorao796
Today 05:48 AM
Today 05:48 AM
by wemorao796
0 28
Pushy customers
christopherhicks82
Yesterday 08:22 PM
Today 05:37 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
3 89
Looking for advice on a...
Tekeda1
04-13-2014 09:53 AM
Yesterday 07:55 PM
by Just for Cuts
23 568
Pond...
xandrew245x
Yesterday 03:29 PM
Yesterday 06:45 PM
by xandrew245x
2 68
2.5 acre mowing
xandrew245x
04-18-2014 06:55 AM
Yesterday 05:23 PM
by Just for Cuts
13 298
About D@## Time!
TamMik
04-02-2014 08:10 AM
Yesterday 05:14 PM
by BelleCityLawn1
19 851
Back for this year
xandrew245x
02-21-2014 04:30 PM
Yesterday 03:36 PM
by xandrew245x
19 996
The $20 Mow Job
Dan Tanner
04-21-2014 07:24 PM
Yesterday 03:17 PM
by Dan Tanner
4 160
In a bit situation need...
googus
Yesterday 08:01 AM
Yesterday 01:50 PM
by stevef1201
5 116
What Was Your Setup When...
superrman77
02-11-2014 10:53 AM
Yesterday 12:29 AM
by Tony317
22 1,692
Sulky and Turf Tracer
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:44 PM
Yesterday 12:07 AM
by Tony317
9 433
danny 2
danny2
04-19-2014 10:19 PM
04-21-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
3 135
this mower is driving me...
boog
04-17-2014 12:07 PM
04-21-2014 12:10 PM
by kslawn
13 332
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 01:56 PM
04-21-2014 12:02 PM
by kslawn
20 566
I Got Taken...,
Dan Tanner
04-19-2014 06:26 AM
04-21-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
4 219
new to this forum!
mower13126
04-18-2014 07:37 PM
04-21-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
4 145
REO calling
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 05:03 PM
04-21-2014 11:33 AM
by Steve
12 338
employee pay
4 seasons maintenance
04-10-2011 09:34 PM
04-20-2014 04:40 PM
by Dan Tanner
20 6,868
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
04-20-2014 11:13 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 1,194
Lawn Renovation
stevef1201
04-11-2014 12:00 PM
04-20-2014 11:11 AM
by kslawn
10 356
Customers droping like...
goodtimez
04-18-2014 09:53 AM
04-19-2014 08:09 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
7 224
Best Bulk Mulch delivery...
Steven Virgadamo
04-18-2014 09:52 AM
04-18-2014 05:34 PM
by Steve
2 99
Steve Virgadamo,...
Steven Virgadamo
04-18-2014 09:49 AM
04-18-2014 05:08 PM
by Steve
2 81
Instagram
Gerardo_Landscape
04-16-2014 11:28 AM
04-18-2014 04:51 PM
by Steve
3 170
Help with weed liability!
Prolawnofchatt
04-15-2014 09:10 AM
04-18-2014 04:47 PM
by Steve
5 236
Nationwide lawn care...
Billy Goat
04-15-2014 05:21 PM
04-18-2014 04:39 PM
by Steve
9 252
Truck Signage
Dan Tanner
04-16-2014 11:00 PM
04-18-2014 04:04 PM
by stevef1201
10 271
leaf removal
tlf59263
04-15-2014 10:00 PM
04-18-2014 03:59 PM
by stevef1201
6 230
Pay per click advertising
roostertail
02-12-2014 07:26 PM
04-17-2014 07:11 PM
by yardrate
10 632
Accepting credit cards,...
Darksteel
03-17-2014 08:01 PM
04-16-2014 01:02 PM
by jymie
15 790
Trimec
acrajchel
04-15-2014 08:24 PM
04-16-2014 11:10 AM
by Steve
3 143
Gopher Forum Discount!
BlackRain75
04-12-2014 10:44 PM
04-16-2014 10:50 AM
by Steve
9 338
hello
NFrailey
04-15-2014 01:39 PM
04-16-2014 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 125
Pricing a Mulch Job
dmcalpi
04-07-2014 02:16 PM
04-16-2014 09:40 AM
by jymie
21 768
google earth
CDLAWNCARE
04-12-2014 03:24 PM
04-16-2014 09:36 AM
by jymie
8 285
There has to be an...
CDLAWNCARE
04-14-2014 12:59 PM
04-15-2014 04:06 PM
by Dan Tanner
6 229
First Day Back!
BelleCityLawn1
04-09-2014 09:13 PM
04-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
11 365
Mow America
stevegredler
04-13-2014 01:02 PM
04-14-2014 09:53 PM
by kslawn
5 270
Power Broom
acrajchel
04-14-2014 07:46 AM
04-14-2014 12:47 PM
by CDLAWNCARE
2 150
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
04-14-2014 11:34 AM
by Steve
1,176 286,543
Equipment reviews
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-09-2014 07:17 AM
04-14-2014 11:27 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 523
Aerating Prices?
Dan Tanner
04-08-2014 03:16 PM
04-14-2014 10:31 AM
by Steve
13 522
Estimating help
acrajchel
04-11-2014 06:06 PM
04-14-2014 10:20 AM
by Steve
3 229
Need help bidding church...
GreenRidge Lawn&Landscape
04-07-2014 08:01 PM
04-14-2014 09:49 AM
by Steve
12 493
Hello all
Griff20114
04-12-2014 05:08 PM
04-14-2014 09:46 AM
by Steve
1 146
Step by Step Spring Lawn...
WarriorLawnscaping
04-10-2014 07:01 AM
04-14-2014 09:43 AM
by Steve
5 308
Jeff Cowden
jcowden
04-11-2014 07:27 PM
04-14-2014 09:39 AM
by Steve
1 139
» Popular Tags
4wd advertisement aerator bid birdscaping buy charge christmas light service client collections subcontractor customers ecosymbiosis exmark fall ferris financing first truck flower bed cultivation price for sale franchise georgia gopherhaul grass clarksville gravely gravely 34" zero turn holiday holiday decorating how much to charge how to bid introduction invoice late lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business show lawn service leaf cleanup lesco lighting marketing mowing mowing clarksville mulch mulch estimate new and restored landscapes new buisness new business podcast promotion rotating savannah scag season seo sole proprietorship sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business stihl subcontractor taxes theft of services tips top dresser toro truck unreasonable walker winter zero turn
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:05 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:05 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy